SPEAKING AND CONSULTING
If you are interested in having me speak or present (in-person or virtually), please click below or email me at [email protected] and I’ll be in touch within 24 hours.
Note: I am available to do professional development in-person and virtually. While I enjoy doing single keynotes and stand-alone workshops, I also love building long-term partnerships that include coaching and self-paced courses as part of a comprehensive plan. Here’s what I’m known for:
Project-Based Learning for All
PBL can seem daunting when you have time constraints, standards, and a curriculum map. Often, the push for better test scores and “basic skills” means certain students (English Language Learners, Special Education students) fail to have access to these projects. However, PBL can work for all students and in this workshop or keynote, I lay out the blueprint for making this a reality. Click here for additional PBL keynote and workshop options.
Empower: What Happens When Students Own the Learning
Student choice is about more than just a menu option. It’s about student ownership. This includes ownership of the processes, the assessment, the strategies, and the metacognition. But how do we make this happen? How do we fit this into our standards and our curriculum map? Click here for additional keynote and workshop options on empowering students.
How to Empower Students in Virtual and Distance Learning Environments
We didn’t ask for this. We didn’t anticipate this. But now many of us are teaching online and virtually. In this workshop, we explore how to boost engagement, improve collaboration, and increase student ownership in distance learning environments. We explore, step-by-step, how to improve virtual class meetings, how to use choice menus strategically, and how to get students engaged in creative projects at home. By the end, you’ll have tools, strategies, and a clear plan for the future. I have additional distance learning options here as well.
LAUNCH Into Design Thinking
Despite the myth of “digital natives,” most of my students have very little experience using technology as anything more than a consumer device. It doesn’t have to be this way. By using a design thinking framework, teachers can foster creative thinking in every content area and help students develop a maker mindset. Click here for additional keynote and workshop options on design thinking.
This is the Future of Education
For all the talk of gadgets and apps, the future of education won’t center around a new content delivery system. The future is in your classroom. It’s with your students. Your school is packed with creative potential. In this keynote, we tackle what the future of education will look like as we shift toward creativity and innovation.
The best way to prepare students for the future is to empower them in the present. In this keynote or workshop, we explore what it means to use vintage ideas, tools, and strategies in new and relevant ways. Here, we focus on innovation as a focus on “what is best” rather than “what is next.”
Different from Day One: Innovative Practices for New Teachers
Often, new teachers want to empower their students and launch student-centered learning. However, they default to a more traditional teaching approach. In this workshop or keynote, we focus on what it means to use the “new teacher card” as an invitation for innovation. We focus on how to think differently about instruction, assessment, and classroom culture. I provide specific strategies and structures included in the New Teacher Toolkit.
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As a teacher, I used design thinking for over a decade and spoke at the White House about one of our multidisciplinary projects. As a professor, I work with pre-service and currrent classroom teachers to help them launch PBL in multiple subject areas.
My journey as a teacher has been from a focus on engagement to a focus on empowerment. I love to share the stories, mistakes, and insights I’ve had along this journey. I also share practical tools and strategies you can use tomorrow to shift toward student empowerment.
I co-wrote the book Launch with A.J. Juliani. We are the founders of the LAUNCH Cycle, a student-friendly K-12 design thinking framework. As a maker and an entreprenreur, I am passionate about human-centered creativity and design thinking.
April 30, 2021: Blueprint for Empowering Learners (Keynote and Workshops), Texas A&M, TX
April 19, 2021: Blueprint for Empowering Students: Deeper Dive (Workshop), Region 8, TX
April 14, 2021: Project-Based Learning for All (Keynote), Renaissance Academy, MI
April 9, 2021: Coaching in a PBL Context (Coaching), Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
April 1, 2021: Blueprint for Empowering Students (Workshop), Region 8, TX
March 29, 2021: Getting Started with Inquiry-Based Learning (Keynote), CIESC, IN
March 26, 2021: Taking Distance Learning Off-Screen (Session), Michigan Fitness Association, MI
March 25, 2021: Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Workshop), DEEN, QB
March 24, 2021: Better By Design (Keynote), Michigan Fitness Association, MI
March 22, 2021: Vintage Innovation Book Study (FB Live), Carly and Adam STEM Members, IN
March 19, 2021: Next Level Collaborative Projects (Workshop), Nevada Virtual, NV
March 18, 2021: Building Divergent Thinking into Virtual Learning (Workshop), Nevada Virtual, NV
March 17, 2021: Next Level Collaborative Projects (Workshop), Michigan Virtual, MI
March 15, 2021: Vintage Innovation Book Study (FB Live), Carly and Adam STEM Members, IN
March 12, 2021: Coaching in a PBL Context (Coaching), Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
March 11, 2021: Empowering Students in Virtual Environments (Workshop), University of Arkansas, AR
February 25, 2021: Improving Collaboration in Hybrid Environments (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 20, 2021: Empower and Engage at a Distance: Building Student Ownership, Engagement, and Collaboration into Remote and Hybrid Learning (Session), Learning and the Brain Conference, MA
February 19, 2021: Building Capacity in Challenging Times (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 16, 2021: Building Capacity in Challenging Times (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 15, 2021: The Future of Education (Keynote), Region 8, TX
February 15, 2021: The Blueprint for Empowering Students – Part 2 (Workshop), School District of Menomonee Falls, WI
February 12, 2021: Coaching in a PBL Context (Coaching), Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
February 12, 2021: The 7 Stages in the Tech Journey (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 11, 2021: Building Capacity in Challenging Times (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 10, 2021: Empowering Students with Voice and Choice (Workshop), Richland County Schools, SC
February 9, 2021: Empowering Students with Voice and Choice (Workshop), Youth Villages, GA
February 4, 2021: Building Capacity in Challenging Times (Coaching), DEEN, QB
February 2, 2021: Empowering Students with Voice and Choice (Workshop), Youth Villages, GA
January 26, 2021: Empowering Students with Voice and Choice (Workshop), Youth Villages, GA
January 23, 2021: PBL By Design, California State University (Workshop), San Marcos, CA
January 18, 2021: The Blueprint for Empowering Students (Keynote and Workshop), School District of Menomonee Falls, WI
January 11-13, 2021: Empowered Anywhere (Keynote and Workshops), CASE for Learning Conference, KY
January 5, 2021: How to Make Hybrid Work (Workshop), Church Farm School, PA